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Web Link to the MDHTALK Legislation and Regulations Metal Detecting Page

WWATS - Texas Treasure Show 2009 Keith Wills
The following eight - 10 minute You Tube videos represent Keith Wills presentation on the condition of the Metal Detecting Hobby and what can be done.
Video One, Video Two, Video Three, Video Four, Video Five, Video Six, Video Seven, Video Eight
Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs Inc. (FMDAC)

FMDAC Website

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The Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs Inc. (FMDAC) was organized in 1984 as a legislative and educational organization and incorporated, as a non-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan organization.

The FMDAC's Mission: The FMDAC is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection for the hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.

The FMDAC's Purpose:
To unite, promote and encourage the establishment of metal detecting clubs.
To preserve the sport / hobby of recreational metal detecting and prospecting.
To make available to FMDAC clubs and Independent members information pertaining to the hobby and to keep members informed as to active legislation.

The FMDAC's Goal is to Educate and inform the public as to the merits of recreational metal detecting.

April 28, 2017 FMDAC News Release
Hello FMDAC members
It’s been awhile since I have put out a message. Life has been busy.

Good news is that it has been a while since we have seen anything in the legislative department. Maybe it was the election cycle that has kept everyone’s attention off of us. However as I always say. There may be things happening that we do not know about so do not hesitate to contact us if you hear of something.

That silence was broken early on this year as there are two ongoing situations right now in which detecting has been banned. I will not divulge the locations right now as they are being worked on a local level. The first one involves the changing of a decades old ban that has not been enforced. A new parks department administrator took over and decided to enforce it. The local club has met with him and they are working on it. It appears to be on a good path at this point.

In the second a ban was suddenly put into place with zero public knowledge or input. The city attorney wrote it on his own and presented it to the city council who immediately voted unanimous approval. No discussion, no representation from those it effects and no public notice. This ban affects ALL city property including curb strips. It is in the fact finding stage at this point. The local community has been instructed to contact the council to get a lot of questions answered. Read Full Released

Attention everyone......March 15, 2017

Just found out about this bill in the NH legislature. It has already passed the House and is in the Senate. It apparently passed the house by a voice vote. The full text of the bill is below. Really simple as it says dredging is banned. I know this is not metal detecting proper but we are all in this together. Many people are involved in both hobbies. So lets act quickly to try to put the brakes on this one.

Also there are 2 cities that have recently banned detecting. We are working with them on a local level right now.

Here s a link to the NH senate committee where the bill is at right now. Web link

Here is the senate contact page. Web Link

New Hampshire House Bill 591  Sponsors: Web Link

If you live in NH then please contact your senator. If you do not then please contact the committee and any senators and let them know about your vacation plans.

Mark Schuessler, FMDAC National President

August 14, 2016 FMDAC Press Release
To all FMDAC members and follow hobbyists - please forward

Please take some time and check out this link. Then comment on it. Read it over carefully and make some well thought comments.

This appears to be a major step in the right direction for all. It remains to be seen what will come of it but if they are genuine then it could mean a big step in mutual co-operation. It appears that the academic world may be realizing that we are not going away and the only way they will enlist our aid is by showing some respect in our direction.

Take the time to comment, even if only to say you like the direction it is taking and thankyou. Lets show them that we are here, we are watching and are willing to take an active roll.
SAA Task Force on Professional Archaeologists, Avocational Archaeologists, & Artifact Collectors Web Link

Mark Schuessler
FMDAC President

March 23, 2016 Update on Florida SB 1054: Historic and Archaeological Artifacts

Historic and Archaeological Artifacts; Directing the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of State to implement a program to administer the discovery of certain historic and archaeological artifacts; providing program requirements, etc.

Effective Date: 7/1/2016
Last Action: 3/11/2016 Senate - Died in Governmental Oversight and Accountabilitya Bill SB1054: See Bill Detail below.

January 24, 2016 Here is a Bill (HR803) that is trying to re-establish isolated finds regulation in Florida. This is a positive bill involving a number of like interesting past-times. This bill will allow Florida residents to once again recover and save artifacts from the underwater areas of Florida's waterways. There is a permit involved and a fee of $100. It has gained traction so lets all get involved and push it over the top.
Mark Schuessler, President - Federation of Metal Detector and Archaeological Clubs, Inc. www.FMDAC.org

September 07, 2015 FMDAC Presidents Message Read Here
March 05, 2015 FMDAC Presidents Message 1st Qtr Select Here
November 13, 2014 FMDAC Presidents Message Fall 2014 Select Here
May 09, 2014 - Presidents Report on Facebook or View This PDF File
May 09, 2014 - FMDAC's Response to the Massachusetts Metal Detecting Issue Fackbook or View This PDF File
December 27, 2013 - Presidents Report on Facebook
August 24, 2013 - 2013 2nd Qtr President's Report

World Wide Association of Treasure Seekers

(WWATS Website) - Keith Wills

04-25-15 The "State" of Our Hobby
By: Keith Wills
The excitement and adventure of treasure hunting for gold nuggets, old lost coins, lost jewelry, and items from our past is in everyone's blood, for we all seek what we do not have. For me, I started metal detecting as a kid to build my first coin collection, it was much more intriguing to search for lost treasures beneath my feet than simply buy a coin collection, which I could not afford at the time.

For over 43 years now my father and I have enjoyed metal detecting together with great success. I will always have our memories we shared of putting on those headphones and the rest of the world disappearing for us. The sweet competition we shared in seeing at the end of the day which of us had found the nicest piece of jewelry or the most coins. We always look forward to that next treasure hunt adventure. However, as time goes on, many outside forces interrupt our long time-shared fun together, even when we fight to hold on to the right to continue to enjoy it.

Today the average metal detector user finds him or her surrounded by new laws enforced to restrict our freedom to enjoy a recreational pastime. However, it may not be too far in the future we see even our own property and our right to do with that property as we wish, taken from us as well. Everyday new laws are going into effect; new Bills are being pasted by our elected officials that most of us are unaware of. To be honest with you, our government has lost the direction of "for the people" yet now enact more laws "against the people". Special interest groups and our government are pushing Bills to restrict American rights; even in our hobbies we enjoy every day. Read More 

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Task Force for Metal Detecting Rights Foundation Website

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Over the past several months we have been in talks with much of the metal detecting community. Our talks have been with everyone from executives in the metal detecting business to the casual weekend treasure hunter. We have found there is a common concern about "policymakers" overreaching their authority and arbitrarily closing public lands to the lawful hobby of recreational metal detecting.

While our previous call campaigns have been successful in some areas, we realize the need to take this to the next level. The Task Force has decided to support legal efforts in three battleground locations. We are retaining lawyers in Illinois, Kentucky and New York.

In conjunction with addressing these problems by utilizing local lawyers, we will also need your support by having you email/call voicing your concerns. We will email you contact information at the appropriate time.

Now that things are in motion, we will be updating you (Task Force members) on a mu
ch more frequent basis.

Thank you all for your continued support of this great hobby.

January 14, 2015
Press Release
December 27, 2015
Task Force for Metal Detecting Press Release
October 22, 2015 Complete Press Release
October 14, 2015 Urgent Call to Action Press Release
April 06, 2015 Call to Action April 6th-8th, 2015 Fellow Metal Detectorists, Call To Action….Starting Monday April 6, for 3 days. Read More
March 2014 Task Force Attends Meeting with the Architect of the Portable Antiquities Scheme Read More
April 08, 2013 The Task Force has been working with metal detecting club leaders to identify problem areas and we have begun to provide support for legal efforts, You can read about this on our website

Receive your free Task Force Certification ID Card

The Western Mining Alliance is the organization of independent miners across the West. Since our inception in the small, historic mining town of Laporte where we had three people, we have now grown into a movement of thousands of miners. Based in Reno, Nevada, The Western Mining Alliance is defending the rights of over 55,000 claim holders across the West. Our objective is simple, to restore our Constitutional rights to mine and to present science based evidence on the truth about mining.

Western Mining Alliance Website

Western Mining October Newsletter

Western Mining Alliance Facebook Page

AMRA-American Mining Rights Association is a 501 (c)(3) Non-profit Association and was created by miners and public land users, for miners and public land users to preserve and maintain their rights as they pertain to access to their public lands and their rights to obtain the minerals on those lands. We are not a gold club but rather an advocacy group.

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Get the Latest News from these websites. Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) - News on legal issues for the gold prospecting community.  

Gold Prospectors Website

GPAA - Facebook Page

November News Link

Prospecting and Mining Journal (IMCJ)- News on legal issues in the gold prospecting community.

Prospecting and Mining Journal Website

IMCJ Facebook Page

October News Link

Public Lands for the People - A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Public Lands for the People Website

PLP Facebook Page

PLP was constructed for the purpose of representing all outdoor user groups and individuals that are interested in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining, and outdoor recreation on a non-discriminatory basis! PLP assists groups to join forces to maintain the laws and rights of all citizens on public and private lands (Federal, State and City). PLP will assist with representation at public hearings of government agencies that are proposing limitations and restrictions on the lands that belong to the people. PLP DOES LITIGATE! We will file injunctions, when necessary, to prevent governmental agencies from discussing public issues behind closed doors and calling them “personnel meetings”. We will come to the aid of, and give individual attention to, persons or groups who are being harassed, intimidated or mislead by people in authority (in or out of uniform) who are attempting to enforce their own ideas or opinions of laws, rules or regulations, rather than the actual laws, rules or regulations, and what it actually means.

New PLP Press Rease
Hello PLP Members & Supporters.
We are happy to announce that PLP's lawsuit against the resigned board members has concluded. PLP has possession of all bank accounts with original balances and has also recovered all property belonging to the corporation. In addition, financial records have been returned to the board by PLP's former bookkeeper, who was fired as a result of this incident. Patrick Keene, Barry Wetherby, Dwayne Platz, Ray Kender, and Mitch Noble are no longer affiliated with PLP.

Your Public Lands for the People Board of Directors are President Ron Kliewer, Secretary-Treasurer Walt Wegner, Raffle Chairman Timothy Eakin, and Special Projects Bill Samarin.

Other key positions: Comminucations Director Jerry Shodall and Legal Research Lead Clark Pearson.

Moving forward, PLP will be accelerating its commitment and relationship with MMAC and will be articulating the importance of MMAC and how its success benefits everyone in the mining community.

We have continued to do the work of PLP throughout this ordeal, and we sincerely appreciate all of you who have stood with us. We have put this incident behind us and are moving forward, working towards the goals and values we all share.

Get ready, the 2018 Grand Raffle is leaving the starting gate! Watch your email, the Mining Journal (www.icmj.com), Facebook and www.publiclandsforthepeople.org for prize list and how to purchase tickets. New this year will be a large ad in the Mining Journal highlighting our major prize donors, each month will highlight a different donor, talking about their businesses, products, history, etc.

We were in court in San Bernardino on Oct. 17th once again for the consolidated dredge cases. You can read a detailed synopsis by our attorney, James Buchal, by clicking here. We will be talking to you soon concerning Judge Ochoa's tentative ruling and how we might respond.

Thank you again on behalf of your Board of Directors,

Ron Kliewer, President

September 08, 2017 PLP News Release The Latest News From our Friends at GPAA/LDMA..... AN LDMA DUISENBURG OUTING

July 12, 2017
Here are the winners of the 2017 PLP Grand Raffle. The drawing took place Tuesday, July 11, 2017 before the regularly scheduled PLP Board Meeting. A thank you to all who participated, and also to the Mining Journal for publishing PLP's ads. Read More

June 26, 2017 PLP Grand Raffle Press Release
Thousand$ of Dollar$ in PRIZE$ have just been added to the GRAND RAFFLE! There are only a few days left to get in on the fun, plus support the cause that fights to keep us "out there" on Public Lands.

The Grand Raffle is a great way to support the fight to keep our public lands open for multiple use PLUS win some great gear, expert help, club memberships, a mining claim and GOLD! The Grand Raffle drawing is right around the corner on July 11th and we don't want you to miss out!

Since July 11th, 2017 is the Grand Raffle Drawing, so at this late date we are not mailing out your tickets. Instead, we are assigning your tickets as you purchase them and are putting them in the ticket barrel to be included in the drawing. Read More

June 09, 2017 PLP News Release Court Orders Pat Keene and Keene Engineering out from Under PLP
On May 25th, Judge Ochoa granted Attorney James Buchal’s application to withdraw as counsel to resigned PLP board member Pat Keene and Keene Engineering. PLP had directed Mr. Buchal to file the application, inasmuch as PLP was funding the consolidated dredging cases in San Bernardino, CA and should not be required to pay for the Keene entities. Previously Keene had argued in front of Judge Ochoa that he could not financially afford the expense of hiring his own attorney.

Regrettably, in the May 25th hearing, Keene argued that PLP attorney James Buchal should be removed from the remaining consolidated cases entirely because of a conflict of interest, even though the lawsuit between PLP and Keene has nothing to do with the suction dredging issues before Judge Ochoa, and Mr. Buchal is not involved in that lawsuit. Nevertheless, Judge Ochoa invited Keene to hire an attorney to argue for Mr. Buchal’s removal in his court. Read Complete Release

April 09, 2017
PLP Press Release It's still...Happy FLOOD GOLD season!
The heavy rains in the west have left some golden reminders behind; we are getting reports of flood gold being found in the aftermath of the high water. The floods have moved gold from higher up in the watersheds, and have re-deposited it in the newly reformed river gravels and bars. It's always a great idea to check some tried and true spots where you found gold before after high water because there's a good chance those places have been replenished. What better way to get out there and find some new flood gold than to take some PLP Grand Raffle prizes you won to try out? New gear works the best when you've won it! And hey, an ounce of gold donated by Roger Plata would be great to practice panning with, right? Imagine a whole ounce of gold in your pan... hey even a half ounce would be super cool to pan with, and that's also what PLP is giving away, along with a bunch of mining equipment, a New '49ers LIFETIME membership and even a mining claim in the California Mother Lode! You can't win if you don't enter, so we're making it easy for you by giving you a dozen free tickets with your new or renewing single PLP Membership and TWO DOZEN FREE TICKETS with every new or renewing family membership! We normally only offer this deal at the gold shows, so this special offer is good for the month of April. It's simple to secure your tickets by signing up on line and we will mail tickets to you for the July 11th, 2017 Grand Raffle Drawing. Join and renew here:

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